Copenhagen alone? Why not. I've always held a level of admiration for people that travel alone, especially women. I have a handful of boys in my life that love to travel alone and when encouraging me to do the same I've always felt a level of apprehensiveness. Looking at it now I've realized that though I have several friends that have moved abroad there are few women that I know of personally that travel alone. There's a constant fear, at least in the United States about women traveling alone, "always travel with a friend" is the mentality I was raised on and never quite realized the impact that it made until I mentioned the idea of going to Copenhagen for the weekend by myself. My parents were both a little confused by this, other people back home that I mentioned it to were kind of put off by the idea of me alone in another country I'd never been to, then again I moved to Sweden alone and without knowing the country or for that matter, anyone here. When I put that into perspective the traveling alone felt less absurd? I think that while you need to be aware of your surroundings and not be an idiot about it, traveling alone as a women doesn't need to be scary and impossible.
Copenhagen was really interesting in the sense that it was really different from Sweden, or at least the bits that I've experienced. The people there were far less reserved, people met my gaze as we walked past one another, catcalling was a thing again, people I didn't know would speak to me and it felt super weird to have that all come rushing back after being somewhere that I interact very little to not at all with anyone I don't know.
By far the best part of my trip was this crazy flea market I went to. I will admit that in the past my mother has dragged me to the biggest one in Paris and I hated it, I thought it was unorganized, dirty, overcrowded, overwhelming and overpriced. Of course, after finding one of my own that was organized as hell I was obsessed (thx mom for introducing me to the crazy world of these indoor, euro flea markets). I spent probably 3 hours there and was just in awe the whole time. I cant even begin to explain how much random/cool shit there was. From vintage danish letters to linens to vintage American posters to kimonos to jewelry to clothes to everything you could EVER imagine. Again, obsessed. I would literally go back just for this market. Supposedly it happens monthly but I'm not entirely sure.
Aside from the market I think I squeezed a lot into my weekend, I walked way too much as I refused to pay for a cab or figure out their public transportation. I stayed in Vesterbro which is the "hipster" part of Copenhagen I guess? I don't know that I'd call it that so much but it was cute and there were some rockin' shops around there. I ate a lot and was actually kind of disappointed in the food there, the best of it was by far Mad & Kaffe (I went there for breakfast two days in a row and would recommend you do the same) great coffee, chia pudding, avo with chili oil and almonds? amazing, and healthy and you leave feeling like a glowing goddess which is a plus. The other food I had there was very okay, not worth reporting on (sorry anyone that loves the Copenhagen food scene, maybe I missed it---if so hmu with better places).
The tourist stuff I did was minimal but noteworthy. Rosenborg castle was way better than expected. Beautiful and elegant and surprisingly little, 9/10 would recommend. Nyhavn was super cute and way too packed with tourists but whatever. Across from that was paper island which was way cooler. Tons of food (I fucked up by eating before I went because I didn't know it was so close so maybe this was the food haven I was missing out on) and art including an interactive piece by Yoko Ono and super sweet little coffee spots.
It was a charming place, though I don't think I'd go back just to be in a city but for that flea market? hell yes. I was also kind of disappointed in the lack of fashion there? Like I had this idea in my head that the people would be super fashion-y/chic but I wasn't really feeling that there, oh well. Aesthetic as fuck though.
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